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4 Signs You May Have Endometriosis Jun 24th, 2020

Millions of women in the United States struggle with abnormal periods and pelvic pain for a variety of reasons. One of the more common causes — affecting approximately 11% of women between the ages of 15 and 44 — is endometriosis. At Tahoe Women’s Care, Dr. Gary Willen and our...

What Hormone Replacement Therapy Can and Cannot Do May 29th, 2020

The passage through menopause brings both good news and some not-so-great news. While saying goodbye to your menstrual cycles releases you from the monthly hassle of managing your periods, you may be left struggling with hot flashes, sexual health issues, and other problems. At Tahoe Women’s Care, Dr. Gary Willen...

Start CoolSculpting Now for a Swimsuit-Ready Body Apr 20th, 2020

Winters in Carson City, Nevada are a great time to hide behind your clothes, but all too soon the warmer months are upon us, which means that you’ve got to bring out your bathing suit again. If you’re hesitant to do so because of stubborn fat deposits that cling to...

The Many Sides of Sexual Dysfunction Mar 5th, 2020

Sexual health in women is complex and involves everything from cultural issues to physical, mental, and emotional health influences. When it comes to sexual dysfunction, the problem takes on many different forms, but all end with the same result — a lackluster sex life. At Tahoe Women’s Care, Dr. Gary...

When a Hysterectomy is the Best Solution Feb 1st, 2020

The decision to undergo a hysterectomy is one that shouldn’t be taken lightly, but in many cases, the removal of your uterus can bring you much-needed relief from some very painful conditions. Not to mention, if you’ve received a cancer diagnosis, the first defense is eradicating the disease by removing...

Resolve to Revitalize Your Vagina and Take Back Your Sex Life with MonaLisa TouchⓇ Jan 1st, 2020

For decades, men have benefitted from untold hours and dollars dedicated to improving their sexual health. In the meantime, women were left with few alternatives when it came to sexual dysfunction. Thankfully, new treatments are now available that specifically address vaginal health (and sexual health), and leading the charge is...

You Don't Have to Live with a Leaky Bladder Dec 5th, 2019

Urinary incontinence affects women at a far higher rate than men, especially as they get older. In fact, 1 out of 3 women over the age of 45 reports stress urinary incontinence, and this number jumps to 1 out of 2 over the age of 65. While there may be...

Myths and Facts About IUDs Nov 1st, 2019

Most people who’ve looked into getting birth control have probably heard of intrauterine devices, or IUDs. The device is a small, t-shaped contraceptive that is 99% effective in preventing pregnancy. The results can last for 3-12 years, and once it’s removed, fertility can go back to normal. Now more than...

What to Consider Before Choosing Sterilization Oct 15th, 2019

Obviously, the first thing you need to consider before choosing sterilization as your birth control method is: Do you want children in the future? Sterilization is a common method of permanent birth control. In fact, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), sterilization is the most common...

If You Suffer From Heavy Periods, NovaSureⓇ Can Help Sep 1st, 2019

If your period produces bleeding so heavy and long-lasting that it disrupts your normal routine, you may have a medical condition called menorrhagia, or “heavy periods.” The primary characteristic of this condition is having a menstrual flow so heavy it interferes with your social, emotional, and/or material quality of life....

Most Common Causes of Pelvic Pain Aug 1st, 2019

Women experience pelvic pain in the area under the navel and above the groin, in the front portion of the lower abdomen. While pelvic pain often originates from common issues related to menstruation or digestive problems, it can also indicate conditions that require emergency treatment. The first step in relieving...

How CoolSculpting Works to Remove That Pesky Double Chin Jul 1st, 2019

Do you look in the mirror and see a double or triple chin? We can help improve this with Coolsculpting!  What causes double chins? Double chins happen when a layer of fat around your neck begins to sag, causing a wrinkle that makes it look like you have two chins....

3 Reasons Women Are Loving MonaLisa Touch After Going Through Menopause Jun 1st, 2019

Women’s bodies are equipped to do amazing things throughout their reproductive years — grow and nourish a baby for nine months; give birth; and produce nutrient-rich breast milk that’s a perfect mix of everything a newborn needs to thrive. On the flip side of that coin, women also go through...

Feel Bikini Ready This Summer with CoolSculpting Treatments May 1st, 2019

The summer is getting closer and closer. But no matter how carefully you eat or how much you exercise, there’s still a muffin top that makes you feel self-conscious, or thunder thighs that don’t seem to slim down. CoolSculpting® is an innovative technology designed to target problematic areas where fat...

How To Know If You Are A Good Candidate For Hormone Replacement Therapy Apr 2nd, 2019

At some point in every woman’s life, her body stops releasing eggs and halts the uterus from preparing for pregnancy. This is a natural process known as menopause. Dr. Gary Willen of Tahoe Women’s Care in Carson City, Nev., knows how tough this loss-of-hormone process can be, and he’s ready...

Feel Your Best And Blast Away Stubborn Fat With CoolSculpting Mar 1st, 2019

Diet and exercise may help you obtain your ideal weight, but not your ideal shape. Dr. Willen at Tahoe Women’s Care knows how frustrating it can be to work hard, but still not feel completely satisfied with your body. That’s why he offers CoolSculpting® technology to help women in Carson...

How MonaLisa Touch Can Improve Sexual Intimacy Feb 8th, 2019

When you are sexually intimate, you likely experience more than just the immediate physical pleasures of sexual activity. You also feel comfort, relaxation, and a stronger connection with your partner. As you progress through life, you can become used to forming these physical and emotional bonds, yet it’s frustrating when...

How Hormone Replacement Therapy Can Help Ease the Symptoms of Menopause Jan 10th, 2019

Menopause is the biological process that signals the end of a woman’s reproductive years. Typically, a woman is diagnosed as menopausal if she hasn’t had a menstrual period for one full year. Women can go through menopause in their 40s or 50s, and while every woman must experience it, the...

The Top 3 Reasons People Are Choosing CoolSculpting Dec 10th, 2018

Do you long for the slimmer body you once had? There weren’t so many places that fell to gravity, and you had the confidence of knowing you looked good. While wishing won’t bring back the body of your youth, you can reclaim that confidence with noninvasive CoolSculpting. And unlike the...

5 Great Benefits of Robotic Surgery Nov 13th, 2018

Having surgery can be a terrifying prospect when you hear about risks, recovery time, and potential for complications that can come with invasive open surgery techniques. The great news is that robotic-assisted surgery minimizes those risks and brings a number of benefits, enabling you to have safer surgery with less...

What to Consider When Choosing a Birth Control Oct 31st, 2018

There are various birth control options out there for you to consider, all working slightly different to suit your values and needs as a woman. It can be challenging knowing which contraceptive option is the right one for you. Rest assured that Gary F. Willen, MD, MBA, and the staff...

How to Combat Vaginal Atrophy with Lasers Sep 26th, 2018

Vaginal atrophy is a common condition for many women who are post-menopausal, but it can occur in younger women, too. Otherwise known as atrophic vaginitis, it’s all because there’s less estrogen in your body, which results in your vaginal walls becoming dry, thin, and inflamed.The effects of vaginal atrophy can...

What to Expect During Your First CoolSculpting Treatment Aug 17th, 2018

The frustrating thing about pockets of fat like love handles and muffin tops is that they simply refuse to go away. You can cut calories and exercise, never slipping up once, and get down to your healthy weight — and still be stuck with problem fat. But that stubborn fat...

Robotic-Assisted Surgery: Hysterectomies Have Come a Long Way Jul 13th, 2018

Robotic-Assisted Surgery: Hysterectomies Have Come a Long WayNot long ago, women only had one option when they needed a hysterectomy: open surgery. But hysterectomies have come a long way. Today you can undergo a hysterectomy with robotic-assisted surgery.When you have robotic-assisted hysterectomy, our team at Tahoe Women’s Care combines compassionate...

Why Stubborn Fat Accumulates on Your Belly, Thighs, and Buttocks Jun 8th, 2018

It seems like no matter how much you exercise or what diet you’re on, the stubborn fat on your belly, thighs, and buttocks just won’t go away. Genetics most likely dictates where most of your fat accumulates, although women tend to store fat in the hips and thighs, in addition...

Why the IUD Has Gained New Popularity May 25th, 2018

More than half of pregnancies are unplanned. A wide range of contraceptives is available to help you prevent unplanned pregnancy until you’re ready to start or add to your family, but each option offers different benefits. More women are choosing the intrauterine device, which is a small, T-shaped piece of...

When to See Your Gynecologist About Pelvic Pain Apr 18th, 2018

Given the wide range of gynecological conditions and problems that can cause pelvic pain, it’s not surprising that it ranks as one of the most common complaints among women of all ages. Pelvic pain is any unmistakable sensation of discomfort that affects your lower belly, or the area below your...

How to Prepare for a Hysterectomy Mar 27th, 2018

If, for whatever reason, a hysterectomy looms in your future, there are many things you can do ahead of time to ease the process. While surgery of any kind is no one’s idea of fun, with a little forethought and planning, you can ensure that everything goes as smoothly as...

Four Reasons MonaLisa Touch® May Be Right for You Mar 16th, 2018

Despite the ubiquity of those ads about silver foxes and their quest for sexual rejuvenation, approximately half of postmenopausal women have an equivalent condition called vaginal atrophy (VA). Vaginal atrophy occurs during or after natural, surgical, or medical menopause because your levels of the hormone estrogen drop. Estrogen stimulates your...

Tips for Preventing Urinary Incontinence Feb 15th, 2018

Tips for Preventing Urinary IncontinenceChances are, urinary incontinence (UI) was nowhere near your radar until after you had your first baby. That’s probably the first time you noticed the muscles involved in bladder control seemed didn’t work if you were hit by a bout of coughing, sneezing, or uncontrolled laughter.It’s...

Easier Living through Menopause and Hormone Therapy Nov 14th, 2017

For women of the world over, the onset of menopause is an incredibly stressful time in life that can vary dramatically in how it affects each person. While some women may feel that the symptoms of menopause are readily manageable, others may find that their experiences with hot flashes, metabolism...

Freeze Away the Fat with CoolSculpting Oct 27th, 2017

When it comes to finally achieving one’s ideal figure or physique, there are many factors that can make an already challenging goal even more difficult. Perhaps you’ve dedicated yourself to a rigorous diet and workout routine only to find those final pounds seemingly impossible to lose. Maybe you’re making great...